I tend to get seasick really bad, especially the first couple of days at sea. I prepared for this by having my mother in law bring some medications (Gravol and Stugeron) from Germany. I read that they worked much better for some people than what we have available in the USA. She actually had to purchase them from Belgium because you need a prescription to get them in Germany. We took half a pill of Stugeron the night before we left and on the morning of, we took a whole pill. We continued using the pills for about two days. They seemed to work pretty well, even after having a really rough night heading to Bimini.
On Friday we left Bimini to head to Chub Cay (a private resort island). We planned on anchoring on the way to Chub Cay because the area is very flat, relatively shallow with crystal clear water. Maik and I took out our diving gear and dove to the bottom to explore the sea floor. We found just seaweeds and grass and plenty of conch. We got so excited about the conch that we brought up 3 huge ones to attempt to make our own conch salad. We placed them in a bucket full of water to preserve them. Neither I or Maik knows how to crack conch shells. We were hoping that they would stay alive until we could get internet signal to look it up. After about an hour or 2, we decided to throw them back in the water. We didn’t want them to die in the bucket and not be able to eat them. One thing I learned from this portion of our trip is that I am badly out of shape. This was my first time going diving after two years. I was so out of breath when I got out of the water, I thought I was going to pass out. I was thirsty and had a pounding headache. I had to lay down and gulp water. We were only down 10-20 feet and for only 20 minutes.
We had purposely anchored near a sunken ship so that we could dive there but I wanted to do a practice run under Hatchi before swimming to the wreck. Good thing we did the practice run because I do not think I would I have made it. Later on that day, a boat full of divers came by to dive at the sunken ship and Maik. Maik’s dad took the dinghy and drove him to joined the group. Apparently, I missed out on seeing so many beautiful and diverse fish as well as lobsters.
After our little stop, we continued sailing to Chub Cay. We arrived safe and found a nice spot to anchor in front of the Resort. We didn’t want to pay $4.25 per foot, especially after the 1.00 per foot in Bimini (at Bimini Blue Water Marina). We took the dinghy to the resort and had drinks at the restaurant and walked the grounds, taking pictures and shopping at the marine shop. We went back onto Hatchi, had dinner and went to bed with the cool night air blowing through the hatches.
The next day, when we were ready to set sail. The wind was so strong that boats leaving the marina that morning were returning back. We decide not to head to Nassau because we didn’t want to get caught out there in that weather condition. The motion of Hatchi was so bad at anchor, we ended up taking the dinghy back to land. After spending the morning in Chub Cay, we returned to the boat to eat lunch. After lunch the unthinkable happened. Maik was down below when he heard an extremely loud noise and came rushing up to see what happened. The waves and wind were so strong the bridle snapped and had us spinning. We ended up going into Chub Cay Marina to avoid the wind and waves while Maik and his dad fix the bridle. The Marina is protected, so we felt safe while we wait for calm weather.
We got to walk the property, meet some interesting people and a really cool manatee who likes get brushed. We headed to Nassau with great weather.
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